VH-AOL  de Havilland D.H.84 Dragon                          (c/n  2084)

                                     

                                         This Dragon had been purchased from RAAF disposals in December 1945 (ex A34-95) by the
                                         Newcastle Aero Club and registered VH-AOL in July 1947.    It is seen above at Mascot, circa
                                        1948 in this rare shot by Allan Yee (via The Collection p1234-1864). It remained with the club for
                                         touring and twin-engined training until it was destroyed by fire after crashing on take off at Orange,
                                         NSW on 10 May 1953, although the 5 on board escaped injury.  The pilot was Jim Hazelton who
                                         later went on to form Hazair at Orange and became a well-known aviation salesman and entrepreneur.